Friday, September 06, 2019

Flight info ‘walls’, roof clamps at Kolkata airport on cards

Kolkata: The six-year-old integrated terminal at Kolkata airport is undergoing an overhaul to improve passenger amenities and beef up the infrastructure. While the old flight information display screens have been replaced by bigger and brighter ones, the terminal roof is set to be strengthened to ensure that it is resilient to cyclones.

“The flight information display system (FIDS) installed outside the terminal building has been upgraded. Instead of LED TV screens, the terminal now has LED walls. Altogether, 15 walls have been installed at the entrance and exits to display real-time information on arrival and departure schedule of flights,” airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee said, adding the FIDS in the terminal would also be changed by year-end.

A more critical overhaul will take place on the 8-lakhsqft terminal roof with additional clamps being installed to prevent it from getting blown away by high-velocity winds. Airports Authority of India had commissioned an audit of the roof after the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar was battered by Cyclone Fani. Strong winds at the speed of 92kmph gusting at 130kmph had hit the terminal and blown the roof off. This exposed the terminal to rain and caused significant damage. “The audit pointed to vulnerability in sections of the roof that has 135m-long steel sheets. If they get blown away, it will be a hazard to others and will expose the terminal to the elements. Flooding the terminal will damage computers, electronics and everything else. The remedy suggested is additional clamping,” Bhattacharjee said.
06/09/19 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India
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